Boris Johnson told Parliament that the Duke of Edinburgh “touched the lives of millions”.
And he said the world “understood overwhelmingly” that Prince Philip’s famously colorful – and sometimes controversial – comments were a way to break the ice and reassure people.
The Prime Minister told Commons: “He had other novel ideas that touched the lives of millions of people, developed their character and confidence, teamwork and self-reliance.
“It was amazing and educational to hear the Cabinet honors the Duke on Friday and to hear how many of them were proud to say that they or their children had benefited from participating in his Duke of Edinburgh’s awards programs.
“I will leave it to the House to speculate on who claims to have a gold award and who will receive a bronze – but I believe these ministers have spoken to millions around the world in this country who felt they were Duke in some countries was the way her life touched.
“People whose work he has supported over the course of an astonishing 22,219 public engagements, people whom he has encouraged, and people, yes, whom he has amused.”
“It is fitting that HRH the Duke of Edinburgh will be brought to his final resting place on Saturday in a Land Rover designed by Prince Philip himself, with a long wheelbase and a spacious aft cabin.
“Because the unique and idiosyncratic silhouette of this vehicle reminds the world that above all else he was a practical man who could take something very traditional – whether a machine or a large national institution – and use his own ingenuity to find a way to do it improve to adapt it for the 20th and 21st centuries. “
Mr Johnson added that the Duke of Edinburgh also pioneered the sport of competitive carriage riding.
He also told Commons: “He was one of the first people in this country to use a cell phone. In the 1970s, he drove an electric taxi on the streets of London, the forerunner of the modern, low-carbon fleet, and again a vehicle of his own specifications.
“Not only was he content to be a carriage driver, he played a huge role in pioneering and codifying the sport of competitive carriage.” And it’s true that horse-drawn carriage driving isn’t a mass-participation sport – not yet. “
And he said: “It is also true, Mr Spokesman, that among his more parliamentary remarks he made a negative comment on the French concept of breakfast.
“He told a British student in Papua New Guinea that he was fortunate enough not to be eaten, and told the Cayman Islands that they were pirate descendants and that he would love to go to Russia other than like him put it, “The bastards murdered half of my family”.
“But, Mr. Spokesman, the world has not held it against him.
“On the contrary, they overwhelmingly understood that he was trying to break the ice, get things moving, make people laugh and forget their nerves.”
The Prime Minister said the Duke of Edinburgh would be remembered with “gratitude and fondness for generations to come”.
He told Commons: “Through his tireless, tireless service to the Queen, the Commonwealth, the Armed Forces, the environment, millions of young and less young people around the world, and countless other purposes, He gave us and he gives us all Model of selflessness and introducing others to us.
“And although I suspect he might be embarrassed or even slightly annoyed to receive these honors, he has made this country a better place and for that he will be remembered with gratitude and fondness for generations to come.”
Commons spokesman Sir Lindsay Hoyle opened the honors and said the Duke of Edinburgh had “never abandoned the Queen”.
Sir Lindsay added, “Pronounced and with a great sense of humor, he was not afraid to speak openly about issues around him.”
“He was without a doubt the father of the nation and will be sorely missed and impossible to replace.”
Union leader Sir Keir Starmer praised the Duke of Edinburgh’s “ceaseless optimism” about the land that Britain can be.
He told Commons: “I want to reiterate the remarks made by the Prime Minister and on behalf of my own party to come together today to honor a life well lived, a life of service and duty.
“A life that shaped modern Britain and gave our national history the much-needed stability. My thoughts are first and foremost with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.
“Prince Philip was a man of many titles – Duke of Edinburgh, Lord High Admiral, Royal Commander, Baron of Greenwich, but most of all he was a popular father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
“To Her Majesty the Queen he was not only her” beloved husband “, but in her words her” strength and abode “for seven decades.
“So it is right that this House and the country come together today to share not just one man but the virtues he embodies, his incessant optimism about the land that Britain can be and what the British people can achieve To pay tribute. “
Recalling his own childhood experience with the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Keir Starmer added, “My last activity was walking around Dartmoor in a small team with a compass and map in the pouring rain, desperately trying to Finding our way – if that’s not the case, prepare to get into politics, nothing will. “
The Labor leader also spoke of Philip’s love of painting and recalled a cartoon published in recent days that he believed captured the moment of national and personal loss.
Sir Keir said to the MPs: “It showed Her Majesty, dressed in black, looking back at her shadow and seeing the Duke standing there – as always at her side, attentive and holding one hand.
“Britain will not be the same in his absence. For most of us there has never been a time when the Duke of Edinburgh was absent. He has been with us at every stage of our national history for the past seven decades. A symbol of the nation that we hope we will do our best. A source of stability. Einstein.
“Her Majesty once said that ‘mourning is the price we pay for love”. The Duke loved this country. And Britain loved him in return. That is why we mourn today. “
Sir Keir said people should celebrate the Duke too, adding, “A life lived in strong and bold brushstrokes. And we offer this homage: the Duke of Edinburgh for a life in public service – the Gold Award. “